How realignment will impact Bruins

December, 6, 2011
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The NHL has approved a radical realignment, scrapping the six-division, two-conference system for a four-conference set-up that could be in place as early as next season.

How will the new look impact the Bruins?

The Bruins' new conference will consist of the B's, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

One other conference also will have seven teams, with the other two having eight, so the Bruins catch a break right off the bat there.

Teams figure to play five or six regular-season games against each of the teams in their conference and home-and-home games against nonconference foes. For the playoffs, the first two rounds will be within conferences, with the top four in each conference qualifying for the postseason. That figures to mean even more Bruins-Canadiens in the playoffs, which is never a bad thing.

It also means the Bruins wouldn't have to contend with the Penguins, Flyers or Capitals until the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Still to be determined is whether the four conference champions would be reseeded for the semis or have predetermined matchups.

So what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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